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Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4060 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (Formerly "Ramada Plaza Beach Resort")   |  
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Ranked #66 of 133 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Watertown, New York
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25 hotel reviews
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“LOCATION!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Stayed here after a 10 day cruise. The ocean was rough so not much beach do to high waves but it is right on the ocean! Great pool and hot tub area also. Restaurant on sight was exceptionally good with a covered patio by the pool. Very casual but good food. The room was clean, roomy and comfortable with an ocean view balcony.
Across the street is a plaza area with several restaurants and stores, everything you need. And since rooms have a fridge and microwave we bought soda and could heat up leftovers.
We got our room via a discount sight for $62, so value was more than we could have asked for!
We will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oceanskyhotel, General Manager at Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for your tremendous review and greatly appreciate seeing that you will definitely be back.

All the best.
Paul Cahaly
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We checked our room and bed thoroughly and it was clean. It was a good size. Our standard room had a balcony and a view of the ocean. I suppose the rooms and corridors are somewhat dated, which is probably why it is priced so reasonably. It seems underpriced. It is ocean front. The large pool deck, with hot tub and decent size pool, overlooks the water and has stairs down to the beach. The lounge chairs are comfortable. Love the beach elevator so you don't go through the hotel lobby. The fitness room is much better than average- nice equipment. The room has a small refrigerator and room safe. $12 day to park, even if you self-park. Concierge is helpful. The storm took out the beach stairs, and the hotel replaced them immediately. The manager was present a lot, overlooking the work and talking to patrons. The hotel is on a mile-long quiet road next to A1A, with a wide sidewalk if you want to run. It is mostly high rise condos and only one other hotel. Winn Dixie and drugstore in walking distance. Water taxi a 15minute walk away. I would stay here again for a week of vacation, and hope I do. Ignore the bad reviews.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Oceanskyhotel, General Manager at Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for your great detailed review and very kind compliments. At certain times of the year we offer great and even we feel underpriced rooms as you mentioned but then we can get great new repeat guests such as yourself. Our damage from storm Sandy was the beach stairs but I appreciate that you noticed our diligence in getting them replaced quickly. We are grateful that's all we had and sympathize with what the Northeast endured.

It would be our pleasure to have you back with us at any time.
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massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Hi There,
Just came back from Ocean Sky Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. They have made quite a few improvements since my last visit. They now have a miniature golf course overlooking the ocean (fun for kids and adults). They have updated the bathrooms by the pool which look very nice! The hotel rooms have been redecorated which is always a pleasure. The balconies have all been updated too (everyone has there own private balcony) which wasn't quite the case before. The staff was very accomadating and professional. The manager Paul checked on our visit to see if we had all we needed. The conceirge is always good at finding the perfect restaurant to accomadate a couple/family...All in all it was a pleasant stay...can't wait to go back!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oceanskyhotel, General Manager at Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you so much. Your tremendous review will be shared with all our staff and it means alot to us to read such great words.

Look forward to seeing you again and all the best.
Paul Cahaly
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Arlington Hts., IL
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I am torn about this review. When you enter the lobby, this place looks like it will have a lot of potential. But upon entering the elevator and then the hallway...we were very concerned. It looks a bit dirty and the hallways were smelly. The room was very dreary and the beds were pretty soft, and a really small bathroom where the shower did not have any pressure at all!

The good side...each room has a decent view of the ocean (partial view...but still good). The miniature golf was a plus...not a great course, but fun to play once. The pool and beach were wonderful!! It was clean and inviting and I believe there are various water activities available. The hot tub was nice as well. You can also eat on the deck and there is a tiki bar.

I wouldn't want to stay any longer than a couple of days in this hotel because of the rooms...but being directly on the beach at a decent price was well worth it!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Oceanskyhotel, General Manager at Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for the comments on our location as well as our new 9 hole mini golf course with ocean view. It is not an easy course! Very hard to get holes in one! Please allow me to address your comments though as we have just completely renovated the elevator and they are state of the art and beautiful(perhaps you came before their completion). Also, we have recently put all new lamps in the hallways. Our showerheads aren't so powerful, but they are new showerheads designed specifically for "going green".

Hope to see you again soon.
Paul Cahaly
General Manager
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The hotel is located on the north end of Ft. Lauderdale, near Lauderdale-by-the-sea. It sits on the ocean and has nice views and a nice patio area to sit out on. The beach area is fairly narrow and I ended up going to nearby beaches to be able to walk along the shore. Nearby attractions - restaurants, stores, etc. - require a little bit of a walk to get to.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Oceanskyhotel, General Manager at Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you to your organization for your annual visits. It means quite a bit to us to have repeat guests/clients. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Thank you.
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Charleston, South Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We went there at the beginning of may, coming from France for 13 days in Florida.
Like a lot of other people, i read bad reviews, and until we get there I was feeling a bit anxious. Because I booked it, I was feeling responsible for my wife, my daughter, and my sister (and my wallet!) to offer them great vacations.
But when we arrived, we were pretty surprised as it was not as described. The staff (from the front desk to the room service) was really helpful, never rude.
We feel like at home. They were letting you doing your own business, not letting you feel like an "intruder". They take care of you and always here to help and give a smile.
The room are good, clean, with a nice balcony, we were on the seventh floor, so we had a great view on the ocean, better as we could expect! They are not top modern rooms, but really fair for the price. The bathroom looks a bit old but it s clean and big enough. I was with my daughter (2 y.o.). They provided us a crib for her without additionnal fees. Good point!
Rooms were clean everyday.
The pool and the jacuzzy were a must. Warm, clean, and clean!
It is really on the beachfront, so you can enjoy that wonderful ocean from morning till dawn.
Parking fees are 12$ per day, fair compared to other resorts in Ft Lauderdale.
The situation of the hotel is ok, you have a grocery store, a supermarket, foods, items retailers very close. You are not in downtown Ft Lauderdale, but you know it when you book. I recommend a car (to drive to the new Marlins ballpark or to Sawgrass Mills for example), but I m sure you can do it without.
To conclude, this hotel is a good value for family trip.
One advise, I travel a lot every year and even top notch hotels encounter problem to deal, so the best way it s to adress them immediatelly any issue you could have. They will allways try to resolve it.
We really enjoyed our stay and hope to comeback soon.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oceanskyhotel, General Manager at Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
It is very nice to see guests from France! Thank you very much for the fantastic review and kind words on our staff. The nicest compliment I could imagine is to read that you felt at home. That is what we strive for as well as your feedback on location, cleanliness and value.

Thank you again and hope to see you soon.
Paul Cahaly
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Fairfax, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We checked in late and Jeffrey helped us, excellent service, very professional. We got the 9th floor and way partial ocean view. We got room 908. Our first day went smooth. The fridge was broken and i asked one guy in the hallway to get me another fridge, right away he brought me another one. He left so fast i did not get a chance to tip him. The room needs a bit of updating. The bathroom shower is ok, water is a bit slow coming out. Lots of drawers space.

The hotel has a valet service and you pay a daily fee, it was wonderful. Especially if you come back late. They are all very nice. Always smiling. They have a hard job.

Beach area, you need to pay for the lounge chairs. $5.00 per chair and $10 for the umbrella.
Did not try their pool but it looks cool. It would be nice if the beach area is leveled instead of uphill.

The ocean is very salty and it feels like the saltwater is sticky. Beautiful little seashells.

Location is excellent, this time of the year... It was a slow season i guess because there is hardly any people at the beach by 10 am.

I would recommend this hotel to my friends.

Thank Ocean Sky it was very relaxing for me and my daughter.

Extend my sincere compliments to Jeffrey for a job well done.

Room Tip: For us it doesn't matter so long as its comfy and besides we were out in the beach all day.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oceanskyhotel, General Manager at Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you very much for the nice review and specific compliments on Jeffrey and the valet staff. I will certainly pass on your nice sentiments to Jeffrey. I also appreciate that you will recommend us that truly means alot to us. I am so glad that you and your daughter had a great stay and please come back and see us at any time.

Thank you.
Paul Cahaly
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Address: 4060 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (Formerly "Ramada Plaza Beach Resort")
Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 225
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on the beach, Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort is perfectly situated minutes away from major attractions, restaurants and shopping. Newly renovated rooms are equipped with mini-refrigerators, microwaves, hair-dryers, in room safes, dataports and coffee-makers. All standard rooms have a side-oceanview, open air balcony. Oceanfront view, 1 bedroom suites are also available. Our large pool deck features an oversized jacuzzi, heated pool, tiki bar, watersports and cabanas. The resort also has an indoor/outdoor restaurant, fitness center, gift shop, nightclub and lobby bar. ... more   less 
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